This time it was a vandalism on a Catholic Church, St. Michael's, in Georgetown. "Thieves broke into St. Michael the Archangel in Georgetown last weekend, tore the tabernacle from the wall, took it outside and threw it on the ground. Communion wafers were scattered around, and a chalice and monstrance were stolen." "Inside, screens on the parish hall were cut, stands that held memorial candles were overturned and donation boxes were broken into."
There is a special ritual, "Reconciliation of a Desecrated Church", that needs to be performed before the Church can be used again.
The suspicion is that it was done because the person was looking for money.
""I would think for the folks at St. Michael there is the sense of being violated," said the Rev. Thomas Flowers of St. Polycarp in Smyrna. "To have the tabernacle vandalized is a deep spiritual wound."" According to Fr. Flowers they will offer a special prayer for forgiveness & reconcilitaion after a 7 p.m. Mass at St. Polycarp on Friday for St. Michael's.
Having had vandals start fires at 2 different parishes I have belonged over the years, I have to agree that it does leave you with a sense of violation. & I echo Fr. Flowers call for prayer for the parish & the vandal(s).
As an aside, while I was reading the article, it was clear that the person writing it wasn't Catholic.
Source: Doors closed at church hit by vandals